This loop was recently not ride-able due to bushwhacking but that issue has been resolved. We probably wouldn't have bothered whacking if we didn't think it was worth it. Perhaps some light face limbs to duck and auto-carwash-like scrubbing with brush at your arms and legs, but, in theory, if you can handle a dozen and a half small tree hops and three pretty tight switchbacks, then this ride will redeem itself through it's name, "Golden"!
The Golden Ridge Trailhead and parking is the start point. This loop can truly be ridden in either direction. When riding in either direction, you start with approximately 2-3 miles of leaves and growth on top of a gated, gravel, forest service access road (doubletrack width with culverts in wet gulch areas).
Then, the back 4 miles is singletrack on an old forest service access road with trees growing on it (gravel under there somewhere). There is only about a quarter mile of pedestrian singletrack with about 4 switch backs.
Golden Ridge Trailhead Direction: If you start into the gated Golden Ridge Trailhead from the Golden Ridge Trail parking, then you'll need to look for where the singletrack trail sharply cuts back left up the steep hill about 1.75 miles in on the gated forest service access road. A brown fiberglass NF trail marker "Golden Ridge Trail" has had too many limbs fall on it and is half leaning against a tree at that point which makes it hard to see. Keep your eyes peeled because you could easily miss it and just keep riding on the forest service access road.
Lower or Eastern Forest Road access direction: If you start in from the lower gated access off FSR 467 (near where FSR 467 crosses over Big Hurricane Creek tributary) then you'll need to look for a left and then ride up the hill grade climb split about 3-3.5 miles in. You'll know you're about a quarter of a mile away from the split when you hit the point where you can see the place that bush hog tractors turn around.
Shared By: Will Exum